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BCCI approves 10-team IPL from 2022 edition



Srinagar, Dec 24: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) general body in its AGM in Ahmedabad has approved the inclusion of two more teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) from its 2022 edition to make it a 10-team IPL, reports said.

Also, at the BCCI AGM it was decided all first-class players, both men and women, will be suitably compensated for curtailed domestic season due to COVID-19 pandemic, PTI reported.

Board sources were also quoted by PTI as saying that BCCI will back ICC’s bid for cricket’s inclusion in 2028 Olympics after some clarifications from IOC.

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Australia to tour Pakistan after 24 years



Melbourne, Feb 04 (ANH): Cricket Australia (CA) on Friday announced that the Australian men’s team will tour Pakistan for the first time since 1998. Pakistan said it expected a “keenly contested series”, UNI reported.

“Cricket Australia is pleased to confirm the Australian men’s team tour of Pakistan has been endorsed by the CA Board,” it said.

The tour consist of three Test matches and as many as ODIs besides a T20 match.  

The Tests will be part of the ICC World Test Championship while the ODIs are linked to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.

It is the first time since 1998 that the Australian men’s squad will tour Pakistan, as per UNI.

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CA CEO Nick Hockley said: “I would like to thank the PCB and both the Pakistan and Australian governments for ensuring the tour will proceed for the first time in 24 years. This is a historic occasion and important for the global growth and health of the game.

 “I would also like to thank the Australian Cricketers Association and the players, coaches, support teams, staff and security experts for their collaboration in the planning for the tour.

“We are looking forward to an exciting series between two world-class teams.”

PCB Chief Executive Faisal Hasnain said: “We are pleased that the Cricket Australia Board has formally approved their side’s five-week tour itinerary and confirmed that their best available players will visit Pakistan for the first time in 24 years.

“We are really excited to host Pat Cummins and his players, and look forward to a competitive series that will comprise three Tests, three ODIs and a T20I.

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“Australia will arrive at the back of strong performances in their home series against England. Our team has been playing excellent cricket resulting in our players sweeping the ICC Awards. This braces for a keenly contested series, something that the fans will thoroughly enjoy and remember for a long time.”

There have been some changes to the original schedule and the fixtures for the three-Test series.

As per the revised schedule, the three ODIs are to be played from March 29 to April 3 and one-off T20 match to be played on April 5 in Rawalpindi.

The squads for the same will be announced in the coming days.

Test series schedule:

1st Test, March 4-8 in Rawalpindi

2nd Test, March 12-16 in Karachi  

3rd Test, March 21-25 in Lahore

ODI Series:

1st ODI, March 29 in Rawalpindi              

2nd ODI, March 31 in Rawalpindi

3rd ODI, April 2 in Rawalpindi

The only T20I is to be played on April 5 in Rawalpindi

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Sgr girl bags gold medal in 20th Junior National Championship



(Asian News Hub) – A young girl from Srinagar has bagged the gold medal in 20th Junior National championship held in LPU Jalandhar.

Sadia Tariq, a student of Class 10th in Presentation Convent Higher Secondary School Rajbagh Srinagar has so far bagged many medals at national and international levels in Wushu and Taekwondo.

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While talking to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) Sadia said that she got interested in sports activities after she was watching wrestling on TV and started taking part in sports activities when she was in 3rd primary.

I have taken part at District Level Sports Championship and then state followed by national and international level and bagged silver, bronze and gold medals at national and international level, she said.

Her parents told that their dream is to see the child perform at mega stages and presently she is preparing for Asian Games and Olympics.

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They said that parents must allow their children to choose their dream and allow them to make their future as an athlete. The parents should not force their children to become only doctors or engineers, they said.

“We have already spent lakhs on our child so as to excel her in the field in which the child is interested,” they added.

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IPL 2021 suspended owing to increase in Covid-19 cases



(Asian News Hub) – The ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended owing to an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases within the bio-bubble.

BCCI’s vice-president Rajeev Shukla confirmed the development. “IPL has been suspended, we will see whether we can reschedule it, it is not cancelled. It is just suspended for now,” he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, SunRisers Hyderabad’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for Covid-19.

Sources within the SRH camp confirmed to ANI that Saha was the lone person in the SRH unit to have tested positive and as a result, the entire team was.

“Yes, Wriddhiman Saha has tested positive for the coronavirus. Our entire team is now under isolation and there are no other positive reports, rest are all negative,” the member of the team management said.

SRH was slated to square off against Mumbai Indians later on Tuesday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. This comes after two KKR players — Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier — tested positive for Covid-19 and two members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent.

The IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) slated to be played on Monday evening was rescheduled for a later date and the game between CSK and Rajasthan Royals was also set to be officially postponed as the CSK unit is in isolation.

The BCCI issued a release on the twin cases in KKR and said: “Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be positive in the third round of testing in the last four days. All other team members have tested negative for COVID-19.”


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